17 years old Ashraf Hakimi to play in the Mroccan national team
At only 17 years, Ashraf Hakimi has been called up by Hervé Renard to play in the Mroccan national team and played his first meeting under the Ral Madrid jersey.
On March 13, the national coach Herve Renard unveiled his list of 23 players selected for a double confrontation against Cape Verde for the qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations. A surprise slips in this list since Achraf Hakimi, a young right side aged just 17 years was called up by the Moroccan national team’s coach.
According to Rabie Takassa, representative of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation in Spain, he discovered Hakim in 2010 and they followed him since. He said that the Moroccan federation asked the technical and federation officials who traveled to Madrid to see him. « We described our project to him and I think he had no doubt (…) His choice of Morocco is a final decision, a heart decision, “the official declared to « Marca » sports spanish daily.
Eventhough Hakimi is no well known to the Moroccan public, he is well known to Real Madrid supporters because this product from « Fabrica », the club’s training center, is making great performances with “Juvenil A” where he plays as a right back. His remarkable performances were widely acclaimed.
On 27 July, the Moroccan international plays his first game for Real Madrid (First Team) against the champions of France, Paris Saint Germain. realmadridnews.com wrote he is a “clever and quick player” and that he is ” Another talent that will complement the Moroccan national team alongside other Moroccan young talents playing in Europe, like Soufyan Boufal and Hakim Ziyech.